Axamer Lizum Ski Resort

Freeride powder at Axamer Lizum ski resort
Axamer Lizum Olympic heritage is on full display throughout the resort
Gorgeous wide open piste trails are a feature of Axamer Lizum ski resort
The high elevation base at Axamer Lizum is surrounded by gorgeous craggy peaks
Masses of off-piste freeride terrain await the Powderhound at Axamer Lizum ski resort
Axamer Lizum funicular & chairlifts are getting old but function perfectly
The compact Axamer Lizum village is all ski-in/board-in convenient
Access from Innsbruck to Axamer Lizum is quick & parking is next to the ski lifts
Ski Axamer Lizum powder
The Hoadlhaus offers spectacular dining plus views when the sun is out!
You may get 'lonely' mid-week at Axamer Lizum........... just the way we like it!
Axamer Lizum's Olympiabahn funicular is one of the world's craziest
Axamer Lizum combines delightful tree lined groomed ski trails
...... with fantastic light tree meadows off-piste
....... and some gnarly high alpine freeride terrain (that is deserted!)
Enjoy the Olympic heritage at Axamer Lizum ski resort
And the hospitality at one of the many Axamer Lizum huts, bars & restaurants
Axamer Lizum is close to Innsbruck - the world's best ski city!
Stay a night at one of Axamer Lizum ski resort's ski-in ski-out hotels
Ski & ride Axamer Lizum, Innsbruck Tyrol Austria

Axamer Lizum Ski Resort

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Axamer Lizum

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    Axamer Lizum Trail Map
  • Axamer Lizum Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    Axamer Lizum only
    1,580 m - 2,340 m (760m)

    Incl. Goetzens valley trail
    900m - 2,340m (1,440m)
  • Average Snow Fall
  • Lifts (10)
    1 Funicular
    6 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    December to mid April
    8:30am to 4:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 40km (incl. ski routes)
    Longest run – 6km (Götzens valley trail)
    Advanced - 28%
    Intermediate - 55%
    Beginner - 17%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Adult - €35.50 to 39.50
    Child - €21 to 23.50
    Child U/8yr - Free

    Ski + City Pass (min 2 days)
    Adult - €111
    Child - €55
    Child u/8yr - Free
    Innsbruck Ski + City Pass Resort Map
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Axamer Lizum Ski Resort Austria

Axamer Lizum is one of Innsbruck's best local ski hills & an important part of its Winter Olympics history. Aside from being a great resort for intermediates & freeriders, Axamer Lizum is worth a visit just to ride the world's craziest funicular, the Olympiabahn. We found that mid-week powder days at Axamer Lizum are all but deserted & a helluva lot of fun. No other reasons required!

A short drive from Innsbruck, Axamer also provides delectable Austrian dining & expansive views from its summit of Hoadl (2,340m) plus access to lengthy freeride routes off its backside. Ok, there's a few more reasons.....

Pros & Cons for Axamer Lizum Ski Resort


  • Reliable snow on north-aspect terrain close to Innsbruck;
  • Fabulous crowd-free powder skiing mid-week;
  • No lift lines mid-week;
  • Excellent range of piste trails best for intermediate skiers & snowboarders;
  • Sheltered novice ski area in the village is perfect to learn to ski.
  • Wonderful off-piste terrain including trees;
  • Great après ski on weekends;
  • Ski-in ski-out accommodation available;
  • Excellent value lift pass (Innsbruck’s Ski+City Pass valid as well);
  • Mountain-top restaurant is amazing;
  • The world’s freakiest funicular ride;
  • Easy drive from downtown Innsbruck for day trips.


  • Ancient lift infrastructure - one definitely ages whilst riding them!
  • Limited terrain for beginners;
  • Small to medium sized resort that will only hold one’s attention for a few days at most (unless it dumps of course);
  • Public transport from Innsbruck isn’t as good as other local resorts.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Resort village is smallish & showing its age;
  • Accommodation generally available in the local towns away from the ski area.

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

A small to medium sized resort with 30km of piste trails, Axamer Lizum makes for a wonderful day lapping super-fast, top to bottom intermediate groomers over its 760m vertical. Advanced riders will enjoy the off-piste from the summits of Hoadl & Pleisen, whilst beginners can attempt the long top to bottom cruiser from Hoadl. Sections of this are 'under-rated' though (should be intermediate), so novices should progress in the village learn to ski area prior to undertaking it. The backcountry route down to Axams off Pleisen is a cracker if there is snow all the way into the valley. It is possible to ski all the way back to Go

See the Axamer Lizum ski trail map here.

The resort's terrain is well served by chairlifts, but they are starting to show their age (to put it mildly!). Not much in the way of high speed here. The Olympiabahn funicular is fun to ride once, but our view is that funiculars don't make great ski lifts. Although it is pretty good on a quiet mid-week powder day, it is best avoided on busy weekends. Thankfully there are chairlift alternatives to the summit of Hoadl.

Snow & Weather

It is no secret that many of the lower base elevation ski resort bases around Innsbruck suffer a little these days from the vagaries of the changing climate -POW (Protect Our Winters). However, Axamer Lizum (along with Kuhtai, Schlick2000 & Stubai Glacier) is NOT one of them. With the highest base close to Innsbruck (1,580m), Axamer is usually guaranteed a solid snow cover throughout the season across its entire vertical. When the snow does fall, the predominantly north to northeast aspect terrain retains its quality.

Interlinked Lift Ticket with Ski + City Pass

Axamer Lizum already has a great value ski lift pass, however the resort is also part of Innsbruck’s Ski plus City Pass area which includes 13 ski resorts ranging from the small, like Nordkette, Oberperfuss & Patscherkofel, the in between like Bergeralm & Schlick 2000, up to the larger such as Stubai Glacier and Kuhtai (the highest resort base in Austria). A Ski +city pass is for a minimum 2 days and allows unlimited access to all 13 ski & sled resorts, plus a wide range of attractions in the city of Innsbruck. See the Ski+City Pass resorts map here.

Where is Axamer Lizum Austria?

The Axamer Lizum ski resort is in the Tyrol, a 20km (50min) drive from the centre of the world's greatest ski city, Innsbruck. Regular ski buses travel from Innsbruck (routes L1, L2 or 4162) via the nearest towns of Axams & Goetzens. Private taxis, rental cars & shuttles provide an alternative.

The nearest international airport for flight origins from within Europe & the UK is Innsbruck (INN), located a few minutes down the road. The excellent Munich (MUN) airport is the gateway for everyone else. Search & book airport transfers here.

See our Travel to Innsbruck page for detailed information on getting around the area.

Axamer Lizum Accommodation

There are numerous accommodation options when skiing Axamer Lizum. The ski resort village has several ski-in ski-out hotels including the superb Lizum 1600 & low-brow Hotel Olympia.

The village of Axams is only 8km by road north of the resort & comprises a wide range of lodging alternatives to the ski resort. Götzens village, a little further down the road, also has a few great value accommodation options including the Gasthof Goetznerhof. The local ski bus stop is right out the front, and a valley ski trail comes close to the village via Muttereralm (piste linked to Axamer Lizum). Both villages retain a traditional Austrian village feel, with hay barns, dairy cows & tractors mixed in with bakeries, markets & pensions.

Search & book all Axamer Lizum ski accommodation here.

Failing that, staying in one of the Innsbruck hotels or chalets is great fun & allows flexibility to ski all over the valley.


The Powderhounds completed a thorough exploration of Axamer Lizum in 2019 & skied some delicious powder with zero crowds. Check our review via the link on the left column (or top of page if on a mobile).

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Tours in or near Axamer Lizum

Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Austria Tour Innsbruck Freeride City
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Days Snowboarding | 7 Ski Resorts
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Based in Innsbruck, this trip is for intermediate to advanced (or better) snowboarders taking in some of the best ski resorts in the Austrian Alps. Join the "fixed date" tour with your own group or come alone & meet new friends.
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USD 1,691
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